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Shopper & Diner: Eastside picks from Jonathan Gold’s best restaurants list; tasty chicken neck in Boyle Heights

By CECILIA PADILLA-BRILL

This year’s list of 101 best restaurants compiled by the L.A. Times’ critic Jonathan Gold includes two spots in Silver Lake, a mariscos truck in Boyle Heights and an upscale taqueria in Elysian Valley. In Silver Lake, Gold touted  Kris Yenbamroong  — “he’s pretty much the face of Thai cooking in Los Angeles” — of Night + Market Song restaurant as well as  Zach Pollack’s Northern Italian restaurant, Alimento.The Mariscos Jalisco truck in Boyle Heights made the cut with a shrimp taco that “will be fried crisp around the edges but slightly leathery toward its middle, moistened with a fresh chop of tomatoes and onions, with a bit of ripe avocado on the side.” In Elysian Valley, Salazar, which opened only a few months ago in a former auto body repair shop, won praise for carne asada that “is simple but perfect, grilled over blazing hot mesquite, chopped and stuffed into a flour tortilla.”

In other Shopper & Diner News:

  • Four restaurants on the Eastside made the cut for this month’s Eater LA’s 22 Hottest Restaurants in LA Right Now. Salazar in Frogtown, Café Birdie and Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in Highland Park and Kettle Black in Silver Lake all made the cut.
  • Chef Shawn Pham of Simbal likes the fried chicken necks at Santa Rita in Boyle Heights, Eater LA Weekly reports. Santa Rita was named as one of his favorite hidden gems restaurants. “Eat more chicken necks; the world will be a better place,” Pham says. He also enjoys the bean and cheese burrito at another Boyle Heights gem named Al & Bea’s, and the quesadilla cart lady in Echo Park. Santa Rita is located in the 3900 block of E. First Street and Al & Bea’s is located in the 200 block of E. First Street in Boyle Heights. The quesadilla cart lady is located in the 1200 block of Echo Park Avenue in Echo Park.

Cecilia Padilla-Brill is a communications writer and journalist. She writes news, health, education and feature stories. Cecilia is currently working on her first novel. She has lived in Echo Park since 1999.

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One comment

  1. You missed one restaurant. Red Herring in ER was also one of the 22 hottest.

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